The story of Tudor is well-trodden so we’ll keep it brief, cliff notes style. The brand was founded and patented in 1926 by Veuve de Philippe Hüther, a Rolex distributor, on behalf of Hans Wilsdorf, the man behind the Rolex crown. Mr. Wilsdorf described the idea of Tudor as a brand sold “at a more modest price than our Rolex watches and yet one that would attain the standard of dependability for which Rolex is famous.” Translation, take ebauche (ie – generic) movement calibers and put them in Rolex cases.
Tudor began to really take shape after Hans Wilsdorf officially took over the brand ten years later. Another decade after that, in 1946, he created a newer version of the brand, Montres Tudor SA. In the 1940s and early 1950s, Tudor heavily marketed itself as a tool watch company championing the Oyster case in the Tudor Oyster Prince, a model famously put to the test by the British Royal Navy in their 1952 North Greenland Expedition. Needless to say, it passed with flying colors.
In 47’ Tudor borrowed the Oyster case for the first time and never looked back. In 1952 they introduced the waterproof and automatic Tudor Oyster Price. As with earlier Tudor’s watches, they and Rolex shared an even closer relationship compared to today’s brand overlap. Back in the day, Rolex would place already assembled Tudor movements into Rolex cases, hence the appearance of Rolex text and logos on crowns, and casebacks. Nowadays, while the relationship is a bit more nuanced, the interrelatedness and closeness of the two brands make some of the early Tudors fascinating.
The Case and Bracelet
The 34mm stainless steel case is in good condition. The case has seen a polishing wheel during its life, wears the correct Rolex signed caseback and crown, and features a fluted solid white gold bezel. The saphire crystal is in very good condition with no major flaws to note. The bracelet is a Tudor signed Swiss made oval link bracelet with 597 endlinks.
The Dial and Hands
The black dial with the standard hour markers, lume plots, and hands is in very good condition. The lume plots on the dial have aged nicely to a nice light amber color but it is not consistent with the lume on the hands which could indicate that the hands are a later replacement item.
This watch features an automatic ETA calibre 2824-2 movement. The seller states that the movement was recently serviced and is running well.
|Model||Oyster Price Date|
|Movement||Automatic ETA calibre 2824-2|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Band Material||Stainless Steel|